In addition to reaping the rewards of being active, something every athlete
also has to be aware of is the risk of injury. Fortunately, there are
things that all athletes, from weekend warriors to the pros, can do to
stay safe while competing and prevent their games from ending in the need for
emergency care. Make sure you don’t have to watch the action from the bench by
following this advice.
Make Conditioning a Priority
One of the most dangerous things an athlete can do is enter a game without
being in the proper condition. Between practices and competitions, make
sure you maintain your physical fitness with additional workouts, including
aerobic workouts and strength training. Without proper conditioning, you
run the risk of becoming injured because of muscle stiffness and poor
form caused by fatigue.
Wear Safety Gear as a Rule
Safety equipment can dramatically reduce the risk of sports injuries. Don’t
enter the game without wearing the appropriate safety gear for your sport
as well as any additional protective equipment you need, such as a back
brace. It is also important to ensure that the safety equipment that you’re
wearing fits you properly. Poorly fitted gear doesn’t offer any
protection and could actually contribute to injuries. Don’t overlook
the importance of mouth guards with your other safety equipment, as oral
injuries can result in the need for emergency care.
Listen to Your Body
Sports injuries often start out small and are exacerbated when athletes try to play through
the pain. Usually, the best way to get back into the game as fast as possible
to leave it when you feel pain. Resting when you need to lets minor injuries
heal without the need for invasive procedures and length recoveries, in
If a sports injury does strike, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center
is here around the clock with emergency care in Las Vegas when you need
it most. Get more information about our emergency care and the rest of
the services in our hospital by calling (702) 880-2700.